Questions tagged [sentence-construction]

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“I gave it everything I've got” or “I gave everything I've got”

Last day, I read this sentence " Nice game, the team gave IT everything they've got" to give is a transitive verb therefore An object must follow the verb; however I consider "everything they've got" ...
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Been there or Were there in this sentence? - Tense-Usage

Look at the bold clause He's been to France. It was fun. Although, he already was/has been here before. Which one should I use? I mean, to me, since the context creates some sort of timeline, I ...
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about the waste-sorting OR with waste-sorting

Which sentence is correct between those two: The problems about the waste-sorting are ... The problems with waste-sorting are ...
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Is the “How much of a/an + noun” structure correct?

I was writing an essay and in one sentence, I wrote "With the pros and cons I specifically mentioned, this essay will shows how much of evidence it is to why one of them has more potential to make the ...
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“children were sold to sweep the chimney” is it a valid structure

During that time children were sold to sweep the chimney. Here, the two works-- 1. selling, 2. sweeping are being done by two different people / group of people. The pencil is used to write ...
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So verb-ed as not to

I have a question regarding "so v-ed as not to". Here are some examples: Reading their litanies of untruth, so concocted as to spread the maximum terror and mistrust and discontent, is not an arduous ...
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When to use night/nighttime in the following context?

"How have you survived living here for nearly a year now if you don't like the hustle and bustle?" 1) "At night it's bearable." 2) "It's bearable at night." 3) "Night makes it bearable."...
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Grammaticality of a sample phrase

Is the phrase 'a proposal that is discussed in a meeting and a vote is taken on it' grammatically correct, and if so, could anyone please explain to me how, as I fail to see it. After the ...
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“When” + past simple or “while” + past continuous to introduce “used to”

I was doing grammar exercises with a friend and I tried to make an example, but the tenses got me confused. Here are two possibilities: While we were living in Paris, we used to eat croissants ...
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What class are you studying?

It is a tendency among teachers of English in India to ask and teach sentences of this kind in the class. What class are you studying? Inwhich class are you studying? ...
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Why is “not only… but also…” wrong in this sentence?

He could not only understand it but also I could review the problem again. I'm Korean. My teacher said two subjects can not be used in "not only... but also..." sentence so he said my sentence is ...
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Is “He even made possible of doing ski by myself, who still slips to walk on icy roads” a correct sentence? [closed]

Is it grammatically correct? How to make it a better construction?
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“out doing something” pattern

He is out drinking alcohol. My mom is out buying groceries. Does it mean: someone is not at home for doing some work somewhere else? Is the sentence pattern out doing something valid and ...
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Sentence structure grammar books

Could you advice to me literature to classify correct English sentences structure? Russian grammar book provides incorrect names of grammatical structures hence I'm confusing to find a little more ...
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“Among the most significant challenges can be found in the EI Program.” - Is this idiomatic?

Question: Is the following sentence idiomatic? [B] Among the most significant challenges can be found in Canada’s Employment Insurance Program. Details: This is related to my other question here....
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“…, ready to swoop at any moment.” Grammarticallity in this context

Today I found a sentence: The eagle hovered, ready to swoop at any moment. I don't know the grammarticallity of the sentence. Can I rewrite as: The eagle hovered and ready to swoop at any ...
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“It was Mary I found out about this song from” and similar phrasings

Which is/are correct? Or are they all wrong? It was from Mary I found out about this song. It was Mary I found out about this song from. It was from Mary I found this song. It was ...
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Name for logically omitted portion of a sentence

Do you want to go to the party? No, I don't want to [go]. In the above example, I'm trying to explain to someone how the "to" in the second sentence is not an example of preposition stranding, but ...
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Most cats are fat but are most cats called fat? [closed]

Most cats are fat but are most cats called fat? I really just want to know if this makes any sense. How do I fix and improve this sentence?
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I thought/ didn't think you were/ not coming

We usually say : I don't think he will pass. Not I think he will not pass. I didn't think he was coming. But not I thought you were not coming. I know that it is called ...
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How to use Suppose for future, present , past imaginary situation? [closed]

A) Suppose in the future we pick the Royal Princess . A2) Suppose in the future we picked the Royal Princess . B) Suppose in the past we picked the Royal Princess . B2) Suppose in the past we pick ...
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Does “when” produce object clause in this sentence?

The sentence: "Books are gifts when they are acts of love.". The second part after the "when" is the object clause and the sentence is complex, right?
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Sentence decomposition with the dependent clause and the detached part

I have a sentence "What we achieve and posses may fade, but not love.". Is it a simple sentence? I think that "what we achieve and posses" is the dependent clause and "but not love" is the detached ...
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The complement or the attribute in the “Love is eternal” sentence?

Is the "is eternal" a complement to the love subject?
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Can the sentence go well without “is”

A sentence written on a parcel: The box has one side opening and secured by shipping label. Shouldn't we use an auxiliary verb is before secured by...? Or could it be left out without affecting ...
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Substitute of ' Be + To + Verb '?

I've seen that the 'Be + to verb' is really formal. Although, is there a less formal way to say the same thing the 'Be + to verb' does? Some examples: You are to study without watching tv. If ...
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Two different tenses or just one

Which of the following is the Correct English tense? 1. Had you have lunch? 2. Have you had lunch? Are these both different English tenses or they mean the same?
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Construction of

If I swap words, will this sentence still grammatically correct? "You're his one weakness — he should never have met you" "His one weakness is you — he should never have met you"
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About “AND” Which one is correct? And Why?

How can I understand the sentence below? My best friend and my father’s father both come from Wales. Which one of these is correct? And Why? A. My best friend and my father's father (...
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Two consecutive prepositions— in below

Students studying in {below 6th grade} are not allowed to go on this trip. Here in and below both are working as a preposition. Is the sentence natural? What are the other ways to say this? Thanks ...
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I am started feeling or I have started feeling

a) Now I am started feeling dizzy. b) Now I have started feeling dizzy. Which one is correct to say for present situation? 1 Now I am feeling good. 2 Now I am started feeling good. 3 Now I ...
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Completed action in the future

Which Tense should I use to tell if completed action in the future? e.g 1 a) Later we realized that he changed his route. (in the past context) b) Later we realize that he change/changed his route. ...
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A sentence has two verbs

Sentence: What's it mean that the review is now a criminal probe? The sentence has two verbs, the is in What's and mean. Is this right? Why can it be written this way? Source: "News Brief: DOJ ...
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How can I effectively express the idea of “spraying water around a certain area”?

Everything I tried didn't return enough results on Google that allows me to say it's widely used in English. I tried: Spray the (area, space, place) with water. Sprinkle the (area, space, ...
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Replying to “Shall we…” with “…if we shall”

My friend asked me: Shall we head up to the North again? I'm wondering about the suggestion. Is it correct to answer with: I am wondering if we shall? or: I am wondering if we should? Also,...
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Flat tyre usage

How to say this sentence in a more natural way? " Bicycle tyres are more susceptible to getting flat" "Bicycle tend to get more flat tyres compared to cars" It sounds awkward when I say them out ...
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Experience of vs Experience with

What is the difference between the two, and which one of the following is correct? 1) Your country's experience of democracy. 2) Your country's experience with democracy.
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why don't we use “is” in here?

We can detect these lower-energy photons using what are (is?) sometimes called night-vision goggles or cameras. Why don't we use "is" instead of "are" behind "what" of the sentence?
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“What time it starts?” or “What time does it start?”

Which is correct or significantly better? a) "What time the train leaves?" or b) What time does the train leave?"
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I needed to lose you to love me

In Selena Gomez's new song, Lose You To Love Me, she says: "I needed to lose you to love me." I was wondering if this means she needed to lose them, so that they would love them. If so, is this an ...
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What is an example of a sentence that has no verb?

My teacher believes that every sentence has a verb but I want to prove her wrong. (My teacher told the class that whoever can find a sentence with no verb she will give them a prize.) Does anyone ...
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I want to send an email, just don't know if it's correct

My manager in my new job wants me to send him pension papers of January 19 and so on. The last time I was employed was in novem 2018. I saw his email after a week. - Hey, sorry it took me so long to ...
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Meaning of the sentence below

I read a sentence in Longman Dictionary under the meaning of rope: Suddenly I was climbing up the long ladder of the north pier, the rucksack being roped afterwards. It looks like an absolute ...
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Sentence Construction when writing an email

I want to inform someone that I created a new account for a user. I usually send "A new user account has been created for the user ABC and a welcome e-mail has been sent to the user regarding the same"...
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“directions that in which”

The sentence: "In this article, we outline the most telling features in light of these three main directions that in which Wi-Fi technologies are advancing." What is "that" here. Is it a relative ...
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How can I ask a question about the timing of a meeting so that the audience understands that they do not have to accept it?

How can I ask a question about the timing of a meeting so that assumes there is a possibility to not accept it? For example, I'm scheduled an appointment for Monday. Something has happened and it ...
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How to phrase the sentences correctly?

Say if I go to a hotel and want to ask them what they provide for breakfast, What is the right way to ask the question? Can I say: What's for breakfast? And what is the right way to reply to the ...
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A double negative - would it be acceptable in writing?

I read other posts about the double negative, but I still would like to find out whether my sentence is OK in writing: Breakfast was not served for no good reason.
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“prior to studying” or “prior to study”

I am currently a sophomore year student in Computer Science at the university and i want to start writing my CV. I want to mention in the introduction to my CV that I was once a QA at several Hi-Tech ...
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Taking a look at

1- Taking a look at the brain, the pons is part of a brainstem and its nestled between the midbrain and medulla oblongata. (Source: A video-lesson from youtube) (Original one) 2- Taking a ...